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Satchel Philosophy

"Money and women. They're two of the strongest things in the world.

The things you do for a woman you wouldn't do for anything else. Same with money."



  Maybe I'll Pitch Forever: A Great Baseball Player Tells the Hilarious Story Behind the Legend

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Leroy Robert ("Satchel") Paige 


Baseball Pitcher


Leroy Robert ("Satchel") Paige (1906-1982) -- born in Mobile, Alabama -- became the first African American pitcher in the American League when he joined the Cleveland Indians in 1948. With Paige on the pitcher's mound, the Indians won the 1948 World Series. By 1952 Paige was pitching on the American League All-Star squad.  According to American ballplayer Dizzy Dean, the greatest pitcher of all time.

He was the sixth child of twelve, which included a set of twins of John Page, a gardener, and Lulu Coleman Paige, a domestic and washerwoman.

Leroy Paige earned his nickname as a boy who carried satchels, or suitcases, at the Mobile train station. At age 12, Satchel was sent to the Industrial School for Negro Children in Mount Meigs, Alabama, for shoplifting and truancy from W.C. Council School. There, he developed his pitching skills. 

A Satchel Chronology

1924 -- joined the semi-pro Mobile Tigers.

1926 (May 1) -- made professional pitching debut with the Chattanooga Black Lookouts of the Negro Southern League. 

1928 -- purchased by the Birmingham Black Barons, paid Page a phenomenal $275.00 a month. 

1932 -- jumped from the Black Barons to the Black Sox of Baltimore to the Nashville Elite Giants and finally the Cleveland Cubs, before settling with the Crawfords of Pittsburgh

1935 -- teamed with four other future Hall of Famers: Charleston, Bell, Johnson, and Gibson to win the Crawfords a league championship. 

1937 -- enticed by Dominican Republic dictator, Rafael Trujillo, along with other prominent stars of the Negro Leagues, to stock his politically motivated team.

1942 -- became the ace of the Kansas City Monarchs pitching staff, led them to the Negro World Series, swept Homestead Gray, in which Page won three of the four contests

1946 -- led Monarchs again to the Negro World Series 

1948 --  signed with Bill Veeck, owner of the Cleveland Indians on his 42nd birthday. A record crowd of 78,383 for a night game watched Paige make his first major league appearance. In his first starting role, he drew 72,434 fans in Cleveland's Municipal Stadium. As the oldest rookie in baseball, he won six times against one loss, helping the Indians to a pennant and a world series appearance against the Boston Braves.

1951 -- signed by the lowly St. Louis Browns in 1951, he promptly signed old Satchel again. Incredibly, the following year, 

1952 -- enjoyed one of his finest major league seasons at the age of 46  with the St. Louis Browns. Won twelve games and was selected to the All-Star team, achieving another honor as baseball's oldest selection.

1953-1956 -- with the Miami Marlins, over 50 years old, only walked 54 batters in 340 innings

1965 -- appeared for three innings with Kansas City Atheletics. when his two-month contract for $4,000 expired, the 59 year old legend retired from baseball.

1967 -- pitched his last game for the Indianapolis Clowns

1971 (August 9) -- became the first player from the Negro Leagues elected to Cooperstown's National Baseball Hall of Fame. When he accepted his award, he told the admirers that in the Negro Leagues, "there were many Satchels and many Joshes."

1982 ( Jume 5) -- made his last public appearance, suffering from the lingering illness of emphysema. Speaking from a wheelchair, he graciously received recognition at the dedication of a $250,000 renovated park, to be called the Satchel Paige Memorial Stadium, in Kansas City, Missouri

1982 (June 8)-- died in Kansas City, Missouri

1991 (October) -- honored with the dedication of a new magnet school called the Leroy "Satchel" Paige Classical Greek Academy, which promotes the Greek philosophy of "body and spirit," symbolizing Paige as one of the most physically talented and spirited bodies to play the sport.

By his own count, Paige threw 55 no-hitters and won over 2,000 of the 2,500 games he pitched. 

Satchel Philosophy

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.

Ain't no man can avoid being born average, but there ain't no man got to be common.

Avoid fried foods which anger the blood. 

If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cooling thoughts.

Go very lightly on the vices, such as carrying on in society -- the social ramble ain't restful,

Satchel Philosophy 

"Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter."

"Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you."

"Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines."

"Money and women. They're two of the strongest things in the world. The things you do for a woman you wouldn't do for anything else. Same with money."

"Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching."

"Mother always told me, if you tell a lie, always rehearse it. If it don't sound good to you, it won't sound good to no one else."

Source: Leroy Satchel Page, et al. Maybe I'll Pitch Forever: A Great Baseball Player Tells the Hilarious Story Behind the Legend  (1962; 1993).

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Satchel Paige, born 7 July 1906 in Mobile, Alabama, was an African-American baseball playerthe first black pitcher in the American League, and the first representative of the Negro Leagues to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Leroy Robert ("Satchel") Paige earned his nickname as a boy carrying satchels or suitcases at the Mobile train station. Accused of stealing toy rings, Paige was sent to the Mount Meigs, Alabama, reform school. It was here that he began to play baseball, assuming a place on the pitcher's mound that he held for over 40 years, and becoming, according to ballplayer Dizzy Dean, the greatest pitcher of all time.

Paige began his career with the semi-pro Mobile Tigers in 1924. He played for several teams in the Negro Leagues. Paige was the most widely known African-American baseball player until Jackie Robinson integrated the major leagues in the late 1940s. With a lanky 6'3" body and huge feet, Paige's characteristic stance was unmistakable on the mound as he uncoiled his long arms and let the ball fly.

In the 1930s, he drew huge crowds as he was pitted against major leaguers, including Dean. Throughout the 1930s, Paige appeared regularly in the East-West "All-Star" games, and due, in part, to his enormous popular following, this yearly event drew unprecedented numbers of African-Americans together. The "barnstorming tours" of the Negro League were exhausting, as the teams traveled sometimes as much as 30,000 miles a year to play exhibition games. He once pitched 29 consecutive games in 29 days.

As a free agent, Paige played throughout North and South America, as well as in the Caribbean during winter seasons. He left the Pittsburgh Crawfords in 1937 to accept the invitation to play for a Dominican Republic team. He returned to the United States several years later and pitched the Kansas Monarchs to victory in the 1942 Negro League World Series. Paige became the first African-American pitcher in the American League when he joined the Cleveland Indians in 1948.

With Paige on the pitcher's mound, the Indians won the World Series in his first year on the team. By 1952, he was pitching on the American League All-Star squad. By his own count, Paige threw 55 no-hitters and won over 2,000 of the 2,500 games he pitched. He pitched his last game for the Indianapolis Clowns in 1967. Four years later, he was the first member of the Negro League to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Paige continued to work as a pitching coach for the Atlanta Braves of the National League. He died in 1982.

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Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend

By Larry Tye

He is that rare American icon who has never been captured in a biography worthy of him. Now, at last, here is the superbly researched, spellbindingly told story of athlete, showman, philosopher, and boundary breaker Leroy “Satchel” Paige.

Few reliable records or news reports survive about players in the Negro Leagues. Through dogged detective work, award-winning author and journalist Larry Tye has tracked down the truth about this majestic and enigmatic pitcher, interviewing more than two hundred Negro Leaguers and Major Leaguers, talking to family and friends who had never told their stories before, and retracing Paige’s steps across the continent. .

Here is the stirring account of the child born to an Alabama washerwoman with twelve young mouths to feed, the boy who earned the nickname “Satchel” from his enterprising work as a railroad porter, the young man who took up baseball on the streets and in reform school, inventing his trademark hesitation pitch while throwing bricks at rival gang members.

Tye shows Paige barnstorming across America and growing into the superstar hurler of the Negro Leagues, a marvel who set records so eye-popping they seemed like misprints, spent as much money as he made, and left tickets for “Mrs. Paige” that were picked up by a different woman at each game. In unprecedented detail, Tye reveals how Paige, hurt and angry when Jackie Robinson beat him to the Majors, emerged at the age of forty-two to help propel the Cleveland Indians to the World Series. He threw his last pitch from a big-league mound at an improbable fifty-nine. (“Age is a case of mind over matter,” he said. “If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.”)

More than a fascinating account of a baseball odyssey, Satchel rewrites our history of the integration of the sport, with Satchel Paige in a starring role. This is a powerful portrait of an American hero who employed a shuffling stereotype to disarm critics and racists, floated comical legends about himself–including about his own age–to deflect inquiry and remain elusive, and in the process methodically built his own myth. “Don’t look back,” he famously said. “Something might be gaining on you.” Separating the truth from the legend, Satchel is a remarkable accomplishment, as large as this larger-than-life man.

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The Way It Is

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